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A Message From Ms. Loy, Principal

February 9, 2017

Hello Hacienda families,

It’s hard to believe it’s February already, and our youngest students recently celebrated the 100th day of school!  We also wrapped up our school tours.  Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers for leading the tours, and sharing our school with prospective families.  I don’t doubt that they walked away with a powerful desire for their children to attend here.

Last month, I mentioned Valentine’s Day is on the horizon.  The message that was included is one worth repeating.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher regarding any special plans for that day.

We want to implore you to please not send in any special treats without checking with your child’s teacher, and as always, do not send anything that contains nuts, which can present a significant health risk for some children.

Often times, even a chocolate treat comes with a (very tiny) warning that it was manufactured near nuts. This is enough to cause a severe allergic reaction for some students.

Our 3rd grade students are ready to perform their “Animal Jamboree” in the cafeteria at 9:15 on February 15th, and later that same day, our 4th grade recorder concert will take place at 2:15pm. It’s always such a treat to see our students perform, whether they are playing recorders or singing, the music they make is magical.  Parents, I know that you will treasure the sweet sounds of these performances.

February is a short month, and with the President’s Week break from the 20-24th, it seems even shorter.  After school interventions have begun, and we are also heading into assessment season.  Primary students will be taking the CPAA again, and near the end of March we begin state assessments for our 3-5th grade students.

Spring is around the corner, and it’s a busy time of year at our school.  Soon the days will be getting longer, and the weather will (hopefully) warm up just a little.  Finally, I think we can breath a sigh of relief at having had a wonderful, rain filled Winter.  Thank goodness!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Hacienda families!

Warm regards,

Carmen Loy
Hacienda Principal

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)  Information and Opt Out Process

Each spring, schools across California participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program, also known as CAASPP.

This year, your student will participate in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and mathematics (SBAC), the California Alternate Assessments (CAA), and, depending on their grade level, the pilot administration of the California Science Tests (CAST).

These assessments help school districts and the state monitor student progress under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which support more rigorous instruction and increased expectations for students.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, each year school districts are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests. In addition, districts are required to inform families of their right to exempt their student from taking the CAASPP tests. For families wishing to exempt their student from a CAASPP assessment, a written request specifying the test(s) to be exempted must be submitted annually to the school site.

To learn more about the CAASPP assessments your student may take, or the exemption process, please click here.

Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil (CAASPP) Información y Processo de Exclusión


Cada primavera, las escuelas de todo California participan en el programa de Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil, también conocido por sus siglas en inglés como CAASPP.

Este año, sus hijos participarán en la Evaluación Acumulativa Smarter Balanced (SBAC) en Artes del Lenguaje Inglés y Matemáticas, en la Evaluación Alternativa de California (CAA), y dependiendo del nivel de grado que cursen, en la administración de la prueba piloto de los Exámenes de Ciencia de California (CAST).

Estas evaluaciones ayudan a los distritos escolares y al estado a vigilar el progreso de los estudiantes con respecto a los Estándares Académicos, Comunes y Fundamentales del Estado (CCSS), los cuales apoyan el que se imparta enseñanza más rigurosa y que existan expectativas académicas más altas para todos los estudiantes.

De conformidad con las reglamentaciones del Código de California, Título 5, Artículo 852, cada año a los distritos escolares se les requiere que notifiquen a los padres y tutores acerca de la participación de sus hijos en los exámenes CAASPP. Además, a los distritos escolares se les exige que informen a las familias que tienen el derecho a pedir que se les exente a sus hijos de tomar los exámenes CAASPP. Las familias que no deseen que sus hijos tomen una evaluación CAASPP, deberán pedirlo por escrito, especificando cuál examen o exámenes no desean que tomen sus hijos y entregar dicha solicitud escrita a su escuela, cada año.

Para obtener más información de las evaluaciones CAASPP que podrían tomar sus hijos o sobre el proceso para pedir que a sus hijos se les exente de tomarlas, por favor haga clic aquí.